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Tompkins County Highway Department

Jeffrey Smith, Highway Director
Nick Ensign, Deputy Highway Director

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The Highway Department maintains close to 302 highway miles and 109 bridges in Tompkins County.  The mission of the Highway Department is to provide highway and bridge construction, maintenance, and emergency services safely, effectively, and efficiently for our local and traveling public customers, while promoting self-esteem and growth as individuals.

Road Maintenance staff construct, maintain, and repair roads, maintain intersections and roadside drainage, eliminate roadside hazards, and repair guiderails. The Tompkins County Highway Department also maintains more than 4,500 signs.


Bridge:  Central Chapel Road Bridge Replacement, Town of Caroline
Construction Start:  July 2021
Anticipated Completion:  November 2021

Road:  None at this time
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None at this time




Bridge - Etna Lane Bridge, Town of Dryden
Dates -  Construction in 2020/2021

Bridge - Central Chapel Road Bridge, Town of Caroline
Dates -  Construction in 2020/2021



Bridge - Freese Road Bridge, Town of Dryden
Dates -  October 31, 2019 - Indefinitely
Effective immediately Freese Road Bridge in the Town of Dryden has been lowered to a 9 ton weight limit. This bridge was previously posted for 15 tons.

Bridge - Carter Creek Road Bridge, Town of Newfield
Dates - June 15, 2015 - closed indefinitely



Additional Bridge Project Information - CLICK HERE
Additional Road Project Information - CLICK HERE


To report a County road or bridge emergency 24-hours a day, call (607) 274-0300.

Summer Schedule Hours:
6:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Thursday (Field Staff)
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Friday (Office)

Winter Schedule Hours:
7:00 am - 3:30 pm, Monday - Friday (Field Staff)
7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday (Office)

(Closed Weekends and Holidays)

Tompkins County Highway Department
Photo taken December 2018